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opened his remarks with comments on the resignation of pope benedict xvi. here are some of his remarks. >> thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i'm sure the whole house will join me in sending our best wishes to pope benedict following his announcement today. he has worked tirelessly to strengthen britain's relations with the holy see and his visit to britain in 2010 is remembered with great respect and affection. posted benedicts message on the visit of working for the common good is something i spoke to her whole country and i'm sure his successor will continue to provide a voice of inspiration for millions around the world. >> there was also reaction to the pope's resignation in washington. house speaker john been released a statement saying -- >> americans were inspired by his visit to the united states in 2008, and by his quiet city leadership of the church in uncertain times. people of all nations have been blessed by the sacrifice to sow the seeds of hope, justice and compassion throughout the world in the name of our lord and savior. again, that from house speaker john boehner.
into the majestic freedom who today lifted her head in the blue crowd of washington and invoking a benediction on this imperil the republic. now, the slaves were never named in the new york tribune story but it's given the description of the skill that this was philip reed. thus, it took a slave to get the work started by figuring out how to take the plaster model of part and it took a black man to supervise the creation of the statute that sits on top of the capitol. he mentioned filigreed and the work that he did, but the service is well documented in the congressional records and in the address to congress in 1928 s preserved in the congressional record of the statues most reverend supporters said that the successful dismantling and handling of the model was due to the service and genius of an intelligent negro in washington named philip reed. a slave owned by mr. clarke mills and much credit is due to him for his faithful and intelligent services rendered in the molding and casting of america's superb statue of freedom which kiss is the first wave of the rising sun as they appear on the ap
, the referendum patrick conboy gives the benediction. >> that us pray. we give you thanks, almighty god, for your gift to our nation of rosa parks, you're good and faithful servant, one of their finest citizens of montgomery took and heroic stand by saving her prophetic passion, one against so many tour tour in an oddly graced time of history changed the course of human history as it is lived on our continent. essential catalyst in the events which came to define the civil rights era, her causally deep in the record of so many racial injustices. now this congress, united as once it was, when honoring her with the congressional gold medal, on mary's the modern-day civil rights movement with this statue. as we leave this place, may we never forget it the incredible bravery and sacrifices of those like rosa parks who call us to greatness as american citizens give us the grace, to remain vigilant in guaranteeing that no person in our great land should every sector injustice, like so many of our national heroes and once did. amen. >> ladies and gentlemen, please remain at your seats for the departure
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